Official Magazine of the Denver Bar Association

Legal Affairs: December


Patrick-Flaherty-1-14Patrick Flaherty has been named the new Executive Director of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations. He will officially take over on Jan. 1, when Chuck Turner steps down after 34 years.

“I’m honored to be inheriting Chuck Turner’s legacy, and I’m excited to help the Associations take on new challenges and continue to move forward,” Flaherty says.

Flaherty was most recently Director of Policy Advocacy Programs at the Gill Foundation, where he served for nine years. Prior to that, Flaherty was Executive Director of the nonprofit Project Angel Heart, which he grew from a fledgling organization to a highly impactful service organization. Under his leadership, it received the El Pomar Foundation’s Award for “Most Outstanding Nonprofit Organization in Colorado.”

Flaherty also has nine years of legal experience. He began his law career at Lewis Roca Rothgerber, rising from summer associate all the way to partner. He is a graduate of the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law, where he received his JD in 1987. Flaherty has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University as well.

Bringing a blend of legal knowledge, nonprofit management, and advocacy experience to the bar associations, Flaherty is well suited to lead bar members,and guide the legal community into the future.


Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley, P.C. (WSMT) is pleased to announce the addition of a new associate, Jens Jensen, to their office. His practice will focus on all aspects of natural resources law. In his spare time, he works pro bono for the Acequia Assistance Project at CU Law, where he helps acequias in the San Luis Valley with corporate and water law issues.

Litigator and bankruptcy attorney Jeffrey Cohen has joined Fox Rothschild LLP. Cohen strengthens the firm’s capabilities in commercial litigation, bankruptcy reorganization and municipal bond defaults and insolvency. He will run his national practice from the firm’s Denver office.

Plachy_M_LRLewis Roca Rothgerber LLP proudly announces that Michael D. Plachy will lead the firm’s litigation practice group.  Plachy is a trial lawyer who represents companies in civil lawsuits involving significant financial or reputational exposure, including complex commercial litigation and class actions.

EAC-photoKirch and Rounds, P.C. is pleased to announce that Elizabeth A. Cappillino has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Cappillino’s practice will focus in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Elder Law, Taxation, and Probate Litigation.

Kutak Rock LLP welcomes associate attorney Hillary Ellis to the real estate and commercial group, specifically to assist with commercial real estate matters, including acquisition, disposition of commercial properties and development and leasing of retail, office and industrial properties.

Cox_IMG_0246_46_72dpiHolsinger Law, LLC is pleased to announce that Chelsea Thomas has joined the firm as an associate. Thomas will focus on natural resources law and litigation.

Haskell.JonathanJonathan F. Haskell has become associated with Wade Ash Woods Hill & Farley, P.C. Haskell will practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and litigation support.

Otis, Bedingfield & Peters, LLC welcomes attorney Brandy E. Natalzia. Natalzia’s practice at the firm will focus on real estate and business transactions, including the preparation, review and negotiation of contracts and entity formation.

Hogan Lovells announced that Richard Rick Hosley has joined the litigation practice as partner.

In Memorium

ArleneAtDeskArlene Abady, the managing editor of The Colorado Lawyer from 1981 until her retirement in 2005, died on Oct. 31st of this year after a brief stay in hospice. She was seventy years old. When she retired, The Colorado Lawyer ran a seven page tribute to her, with accolades from the many authors who wrote for her and learned about writing from her. During her tenure, she was responsible for the publication of nearly three hundred journals that came out accurate, helpful, and on time. The Colorado Lawyer became one of the premier bar association journals in the country. Roger E. Clark, the CBA president at the time, wrote that she had “twenty-four-plus hugely successful years as the heart and soul of The Colorado Lawyer… .With all her authors, Arlene has been a firm, but gentle shepherd – tactfully reminding us that this is a serious, respected professional journal – and that syntax, logic, and proper attribution make a difference.” Roger Clark, The Colorado Lawyer, December 2005, page 4.

Fred Burtzos, the Chair of The Colorado Lawyer Board of Editors in 2005–06, said that “I’ve always enjoyed working with Arlene, and just flat-out enjoyed talking with her even more. Her grace, humor, and willingness to share her time, stories, and talents have been her trademark over the years.. . Arlene has been the public persona of The Colorado Lawyer for a long time, and all of us have been blessed to have had that persona.” Id. at 6. Author the Hon. Leland Anderson said that, “Arlene blesses writers and storytellers with unending support, patience, and inspiration, giving enthusiastic encouragement even when the well of inspiration seems dry.” Id. at 7. And David R. Johnson, a member of the Board of editors from 1974 until 1985, wrote that “Arlene was a diligent and calming voice for the board, always well prepared and well informed. May ideas for upgrading the publication came from her. Beyond that, she was masterful in her management of the many lawyers who submitted manuscripts for publication. That management was not a simple task because, as one can easily guess, a lawyer eager to have his or her expertise showcased in the Lawyer did not always take criticism easily, much less outright rejection. Arlene, however, had a firm but gentle way.”

Arlene was active in the National Association of Bar Executives, and many of her fellow members wrote when they learned that she was dying. Judson P. Haverkamp, Editor, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, expressed the feelings of many when he wrote that “Arlene was always a bright spot in my experience of NABE meetings, ever ready with her generous smile and sense of humor, not to mention a wealth of experience and insight that she shared to the benefit of many.”

She was missed when she passed the torch to Leona Martinez, and now that she is gone, she will be missed all the more.

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